We Made the Move: Kari and Joe DePhillips

I signed on for the Free State Project when I was a sophomore in college, and it took me almost 10 years to make the move from Pittsburgh, PA. When my husband and I moved to Lincoln last month, we knew we had made the right decision. Once we walked through the door of our new home, we realized that the 14.5 hours we spent driving in a car with two not-sedated-enough cats and an impatient 90-lb dog were well worth the effort.

Our rental came fully furnished, so we didn’t have much to move in. However, we did have some beds to move out to make room for office space – and several people offered to make the drive upstate to help. Mark Edge and Ian Freeman were two of them, and it’s not every day you get two nationally syndicated radio hosts in your house moving furniture around! Thanks again to everyone who helped, and we still have plenty of beer left over if anyone wants to come up for a visit.

There are a lot of advantages to living in New Hampshire. For one, I haven’t been bored once since I’ve been here. Hiking, biking, taking photos of the foliage, dodging moose and making fun of tourists with the townies are keeping us busy. Soon we’ll have election-related activities to participate in, and the only problem is that there are so many FSP people running for office that it’s hard to choose just one or two to help out. We went to the Atlas Shrugged premiere in Nashua last week and got to meet tons of new (and awesome) people in the liberty community. I even managed to take a picture with Ron Paul’s mythical giant, although I’m still looking for his leprechaun friend.

If there’s a heaven, I’m pretty sure it looks a lot like New Hampshire. It’s absolutely gorgeous here. I’ve already noticed the difference in the sales tax – when you buy something at the store, you actually pay the same price that’s on the tag! The liquor stores practically give away Mark West Pinot Noir and lobster is cheaper than ground beef (albeit the extra lean kind). Every restaurant we try becomes our new favorite: the Common Man has replaced the Gypsy Café, which replaced the Woodstock Inn.

Speaking of favorites, our new favorite charitable project is Shire Sharing, which is run by FSP participants and aims to provide Thanksgiving food for 600 needy families this year. If you haven’t yet, please check out their Facebook page and donate a few dollars – they’ll definitely be put to good use. The FSP community has been incredibly welcoming and supportive, and Joe and I look forward to being a part of it for a long time.

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